Bill Clinton Will Leave Honorary Chancellorship at For-Profit Laureate

Bill Clinton will step down as honorary chancellor of the for-profit giant Laureate Education Inc., after five years in the post, Bloomberg News reports. The company said the former president’s departure was not related to the presidential campaign of his wife, Hillary Clinton, who has begun to denounce “bad actors” in the for-profit sector.

“Laureate students represent the next generation of leadership,” Mr. Clinton said in a written statement. “I have seen a commitment to quality and leadership throughout the Laureate network, and I have enjoyed being a part of it.”

Former President Bill Clinton’s role at a for-profit higher education company will end Friday, just as his wife has begun questioning some of the industry’s practices from the campaign trail. Since 2010, Clinton has been honorary chancellor of Laureate International Universities, part of Laureate Education Inc. the world’s largest chain of for-profit colleges.

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Many College Athletes Feel Pressure to Play Despite Concussion

More than one-quarter of college athletes responding to a survey said they had felt pressured by coaches, teammates, fans, or parents to keep playing following a head injury. Nearly half continued competing while experiencing symptoms of a possible concussion.

The findings, from a report published on Friday in the journal Social Science & Medicine, suggest that coaches and teammates exerted the most pressure, and that athletes who had been diagnosed with a concussion during the previous season w…


College of DuPage Faculty Wants President Put on Leave

Faculty members at the College of DuPage voted unanimously on Thursday night to ask that the two-year college’s trustees put its president, Robert L. Breuder, on leave until federal and state authorities complete their investigations of the Illinois college, the Chicago Tribune reports.

“We are currently headed down a path that is destructive to this institution,” reads the Faculty Senate’s resolution. “Regardless of your allegiances to Dr. Breuder, it is time to act decisively. If evidence is f…


Fraternity Expels 3 From U. of Florida Chapter for Insulting Wounded Veterans

[Updated (4/24/2015, 6:31 pm.) with news of the fraternity chapter's suspension.]

A fraternity has expelled three members of its University of Florida chapter after finding they insulted a group of wounded veterans, The Gainesville Sun reported. Laurence Bolotin, executive director of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity, also said in a written statement that the fraternity had hired an investigator to “gather all of the facts.”

And late Friday, the Sun reported, the university suspended the fraternity chapter, which was already on probation for hazing. Because of the pending probation, the university could end up expelling the chapter.

The controversy stems from the chapter’s formal, held last weekend in the same place a group of wounded military veterans were staying. The veterans reported that some fraternity members spit on them, threw beer at them, and urinated on an American flag.

Laurence Bolotin, executive director of Zeta Beta Tau International, said three UF students the fraternity found to be involved in the incident have already been expelled from the chapter and further action will be taken if necessary.

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Sweet Briar Closure Prompts Comparisons to Invasions of Iraq, Rohan

The sudden announcement last month that Sweet Briar College would close provoked shock among students, faculty, and alumnae who protested that an institution with an $85-million endowment couldn’t be in financial straits dire enough to warrant shutting down. The Board of Trustees’ decision was misguided and irresponsible, they claimed.

That argument has persisted (as has the institution’s answer that closing was the most responsible option), but it has also gotten more elaborate. Consider the fo…


Education Dept. Issues New Guidance on Campus Sexual Assault

The U.S. Department of Education has released new guidance reminding colleges that they must designate Title IX coordinators. In the new documents, the department’s Office for Civil Rights describes colleges’ responsibilities under the anti-discrimination law and the role of the coordinator in depth.

The position of Title IX coordinator has proliferated on campuses since 2011, when the department said it would more strictly enforce the law, which requires that students’ reports of sexual assault…


14 Locations of DeVry U. Will Close, Parent Company Announces

The DeVry Education Group will close 14 campuses of its namesake DeVry University by the end of the year, the company said on Thursday as it announced declines in enrollments and earnings for the fiscal quarter ending in March.

For the March session at DeVry University, new undergraduate enrollments decreased by 17.2 percent, to 4,156, compared with 5,018 the previous year, the company said in a news release. Total undergraduate enrollments were down 15 percent, to 36,188. Graduate-level enroll…


U. of Md. Student Group Shelves Showings of ‘American Sniper’ After Complaints

A student group at the University of Maryland at College Park has pulled the film American Sniper from its spring lineup after a Muslim-student group complained that the movie glorifies violence and promotes negative stereotypes about Muslims, The Baltimore Sun reported.

The first student group, Student Entertainment Events, said on its website that it had decided to “postpone” showings on May 6 and 7 “after meeting with concerned student organizations.”

The group said it was exploring ways of “…


Head of Communication School at U. of Central Florida Reportedly Resigns

The director of the University of Central Florida’s Nicholson School of Communication has resigned amid allegations that he double-dipped on reimbursements for travel expenses, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

The director, Robert C. Chandler, sought reimbursements from the school as well as from the organizations that hosted conferences or events he attended, the newspaper said.

Mr. Chandler reportedly has repaid $26,000 to the university but denies having done anything wrong. In a March 25 lette…


2 Colleges Probe Reports That Fraternity Members Spit on Wounded Veterans

[Updated (4/23/2015, 5:02 p.m.) with a statement from Emory University.]

[Updated (4/23/2015, 4:15 p.m.) with a statement from the national Zeta Beta Tau organization, and mention of the Emory University chapter, which was also at the formal.]

The University of Florida is investigating reports that members of a fraternity chapter spit on wounded veterans and stole American flags from them, The Gainesville Sun reports.

Members of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity chapter from the University of Florida…